Sue offered me a flight for my birthday present, but I declined, as I did not have the required intestinal fortitude to undertake such an adventure.
|Sam and Sarah|
Despite it being a Saturday, the children attacked some school work until the afternoon heat became too much for us all, so a desire to swim was too strong an attraction. It was off to the Thermal Pool and an afternoon of relaxation and mirth. The relaxation is self-evident - the beautiful water of the pool - but the mirth came from watching successive groups of people arrive, immerse and then be told they were sharing the pool with a large snake!
Monty had arrived in the morning - this time with two mates - and had swum to a resting place at the river end of the pool, where he was sleeping in a coil, half submerged under a fallen log. We stood within one metre of him and observed his thick body (approximately 150 mm in diameter) and the olive green colour of his scales. Despite our desire to see the crowd scatter, Monty stayed this way for the two hours we were at the pool and we left, feeling cheated of even more fun. The reactions of each new group of people was well worth the viewing, however, even if the eventual scatter was missed by our crew.